Getting An "A" In College Might Be A Lot Harder Than In High School

Getting An "A" In College Might Be A Lot Harder Than In High School

The struggle for A's at Cornell is real.

Many of us look back at our elementary school years and laugh at our lack of style or our awkwardness. I look back at my middle school years and think of an insecure overweight, curly-haired girl.

Simply put, I showed no self-confidence. In class, I was riddled with anxiety which prevented me from displaying any knowledge of the material. My teachers misinterpreted my anxiety with a lack of understanding of the material, so they sent me out of the classroom for extra help. It was because of this that my 5th grade teacher refused to put me in the honors track for middle school despite receiving straight A’s.

In 8th grade, I was finally put in honors, where I continued to receive straight A’s. After ninth grade, I lost all my weight--30 pounds. With that loss, I gained a lot. I became someone who was no longer afraid or insecure. I joined my high school’s tennis team and other extra-curriculars, in which I rose to leadership positions. I ran a half marathon, played first singles on my school’s tennis team, founded a thriving club in my high school, and was accepted to Cornell University.

During the first month of first semester, I met with a professor asking how I can get an A in his class. His response was “what makes you think you should get an A?” The most repeated phrase during freshman orientation was along the lines of “don’t expect to get A’s” or “you were all the top of your class in high school, but you won’t all be at the top here.” These warnings did not scare me because I know what it’s like to not be at the top and to get there with a lot of hard work and a lot of failures in between, so I had confidence in myself that my adjustment to Cornell would be no different.

When I heard my professor’s response, I immediately thought about middle school Rebecca. At that point, I would never imagine accomplishing what I had by the end of high school. So I responded “I am not expecting to get an A, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.”

Much like my experience throughout high school, I have learned during my first semester that college is about doing everything you can to get to where you want to be--congratulating yourself when you do or learning from your mistakes when you don’t. The only difference was I skipped the period of insecurity where I let people make me feel like I couldn’t do it.

So don’t let professors make you feel like you’re just one student in a class of 800 geniuses. Every failure is just another step closer to success, whether it means redefining our initial criteria of success or accomplishing our original goals.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

Everyone is different.


After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

Some people even want to take action by demanding that the laws change a good example of this would be March for Our Lives, which happened after the Parkland shooting last year. This march was fighting for gun control or should I say changes in the gun laws America currently has.

Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

Nothing ever gets done by sitting around and doing nothing, so whatever it is you do, get out there and do it. As long as you are showing support it doesn't matter how you show it.

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